"Patient Adya Singh was admitted at FMRI on August 31 at 11:16 am with an initial diagnosis of severe dengue. She passed away at the end of it.", the friend said in the tweet which went viral.
Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Jagat Prakash Nadda responded to the tweets.
However, Ajey Maharaj, head corporate communication, Fortis Hospital said all standard medical protocols were followed and all clinical guidelines were adhered to. "We were told that there might be some brain damage", he said, but claimed that no MRI scan was done. As the condition of Adyar deteriorated, she was put on ventilator support within 48 hours.
The comments came after the parents of Adya, who died of dengue during treatment at the hospital, were allowed to take their daughter's body only after paying a bill of Rs 18 lakh. Will it help her? When the finally did, the brain damage was extensive.
The father said that immediately after they reached the hospital, the girl was heavily sedated.
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"We have told them before also".
The hospital reportedly also charged for more than 600 syringes that were used on her. Singh added that the family had to request another hospital to take her in just to declare her dead.
According to a family friend's post on Twitter, the hospital reportedly charged them Rs 18 lakh for treatment including for nearly 2,700 gloves and 660 syringes (almost 40 syringes a day) over the course of 15 days.
"I want to appeal for an investigation and if any changes are required in the laws, they should be made".
Indian Health Minister Jagat Nadda ordered a probe into the death of a child suffering from dengue and subsequent allegations of overcharging for treatment by a private hospital, officials said Tuesday. "We are not from the medical background and even then some of the things appeared outrageous", he said.
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The photo of the bill, which Jayant's friend had posted on Twitter also shows that the Singhs were charged Rs 200 for strips to check blood sugar levels. Similar strips are sold on the Fortis website for Rs 13 per piece, the family claimed.
"Patient was treated in the Paediatric ICU for 15 days and was critical right from the time of admission, requiring intensive monitoring", he said. Treatment during these 15 days included mechanical ventilation, high-frequency ventilation, continuous renal replacement therapy, intravenous antibiotics, inotropes, sedation and analgesia.
He said medical ethics play a role only in case of emergency, and not otherwise. Care of ventilated patients in ICU requires a high number of consumables as per globally accepted infection control protocols.
The health secretary's letter said details of the treatment and charges levied by the hospital needed to be ascertained.
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